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To celebrate Jazz as an American art form, the Smithsonian Institute has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). The Urbana Free Library takes pride in holding a broad and deep collection of jazz, as well as rock, pop, blues, folk, country, classical, international, and soundtrack (music and show) genres. To help you dig deeper into this extensive collection, try these specific searches: Read more about Jazz Appreciation Month
I don’t know about you, but I loved my older computer with its Windows XP interface. I hung on to the bitter end, until Windows XP became obsolete. Now I’m faced with having to learn a whole new way of computing.
If you’re like me, you’ll want some help discovering the ins and outs of the newest Windows versions--Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The Urbana Free Library has a collection of informative books that cover the basics of these newer operating systems. Read more about Bye, bye, Windows XP
Young adult fiction is one of the hottest genres around, inspiring long series and many recent movies. These novels are popular not only with teens but adults, too. We’re all familiar with Divergent and The Hunger Games!
Summer is coming soon. Publishers are offering many new young adult titles to fulfill the lure of vacation reading. We’re buying lots of great books for our leisure readers to enjoy during our summer reading programs. Read more about There's a whole lot of shifting going on!
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be everywhere these days – both in high brow literary circles and in the heat of popular culture. Her TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” has millions of views. She’s featured in Beyonce’s r Read more about Americanah: Powerful, Tender and Award-Winning
When planning to make a big purchase, what key factors influence your selection process? Do you go to the store and pick based on the best sale? Do you read through customer reviews on the retailer websites and pick the item with the highest number of stars? Or do you stick with brand loyalty, and only review items with a certain label? Read more about Before you buy...
One of the great things about TV these days is that so many international programs are available here in the United States, on DVD or through online streaming. Recently I watched two television productions, one from New Zealand (via BBC and the Sundance Channel) and one from France, both of which were incredibly compelling and much different than programs you are apt to catch on American primetime.